From Brian Robinson – Here’s a great photo of “Truant II” the 1939 28′ Gar Wood triple which was taken in 1946 with the Houdlette family on Lake Tahoe.
The last day of “Oldies Week” is today (at least for now), and the response from the Woody Boater community was fantastic. It was great to see all the vintage photos and stories from the good old days of classic boating when wooden boats were the norm, not the exception. In fact, this morning as we were preparing today’s story, the vintage photos were still rolling in from around the country. – Texx
By now, you are probably thinking “Who the heck is Russell A. Kirsch?” Well, without him and his crew the “Oldies Week” stories would not have been possible. According to our friends at Wikipedia – The first image scanner developed for use with a computer was a drum scanner. It was built in 1957 at the US National Bureau of Standards by a team led by Russell A. Kirsch. The first image ever scanned on this machine was a 5cm (1.96″) square photograph of Kirsch’s then-three-month-old son, Walden. The black and white image had consisted of just 30,976 pixels, measuring 5 cm × 5 cm. (For more about this significant invention Click Here)
Brian Robinson (wooden boat restorer & research expert) from Robinson Restoration in southern California shared the opening photo and the next two vintage photos from Lake Arrowhead with us today.
This 19′ Chris-Craft Racing Runabout photo with the lady throwing up what looks like a gang sign was labeled “Stardust – delivery 1954” was taken on Lake Arrowhead, CA.
The last one is June Lockhart (Lassie’s mom) in her 1935 16′ Chris-Craft on Lake Arrowhead, CA.
Fellow Woody Boater Floyd R. Turbo dug deep into his sock drawer and sent us the next three vintage photos c/w some interesting history. Floyd’s connection to the world of classic boating is always impressive.
From Floyd R. Turbo – Attached are pictures of my grandfather’s (PJ Brown) Cruise-A-Long vintage 1949 21′ that he owned. Photo is 1957 on the trailer in the backyard for spring preparations before launch.
Also from Floyd R. Turbo – Color picture is same boat in the background on Sunset Cove, Frye Island, Sebago Lake, where they rented a lot along with several other boaters (one pictured in foreground). Boaters would build makeshift docks and tent platforms and come up every weekend until a developer purchased the island in the 70’s and turned it into a development.
FYI – Frye Island is a town in Cumberland County, Maine, United States. Located in Sebago Lake, the island is accessed via a public car ferry from Raymond Neck, or by private boat. All residents of the resort town are seasonal.
Last vintage photo from Floyd R. Turbo – This picture is from 1945 of an earlier boat my grandfather (PJ Brown) owned with his brother in law on Sebago Lake. My grandfather worked at the Migis Lodge on the lake and cut timber and ice in the winter. His brother in law was care taker of Camp Wohelo for Camp Fire Girls started by Luther Gulik. Gulick directed James Naismith, a teacher at Springfield College, to create a winter sport to be played indoors (basketball).
Both those lodges still exist on Sebago Lake. Luther’s daugher, Frances Gulik Jewett married one of my grandmothers 9 brothers and wrote a series of books on public health and hygiene regarded as one of the leading publications on those subjects from that time. – Regards, Floyd
Last week when we invited viewers to send us their old boat photos, we received an interesting e-mail from fellow Woody Boater Graeme Beattie. In the late 1990’s he owned a rare wooden boat named “Miss Muskoka” and was interested to know if we had ever run across the boat in our travels. Here’s the story…
From Graeme Beattie – Hi Matt, This boat was built by John Matheson, Boat Builder, Port Carling, Muskoka Lakes, Ontario. It was built to specification by Mr George E. Milbourn of Toronto during the winters of 1931 &1932. She is 32′ long with a width of 8′ and powered by by a 225HP Kermath Sea Wolf engine. George Milbourn is at the helm in the old black and white photo c1935.
A friend of mine found her rotting away on a marine railway at Sandy Point, Lake Simcoe near Orillia, Ontario in 1981. He was able to float the boat to a waiting flatbed truck then put her in storage. I bought her in 1987 and spent 2 years restoring her at Miller-Potter Boat Works in Manotick, Ontario.
In 1998 I sold her to Lee Anderson, Land of Lakes, Minnesota through Todd Warner of Vintage Boat Restoration. Here’s a photo of Todd Warner and I on a test run 1998. I know Todd did some up grading before giving the boat to Lee. Maybe you or one of your reporters have seen her at one of the boat shows. If so I’d like to receive a copy. Thanks.
During our recent trip to Minnesota a few weeks ago, while touring the Lee Anderson Collection in Nisswa, MN – Dane Anderson and I did in fact see “Miss Muskoka” in Lee’s boat house. The huge, perfectly restored runabout was impressive to see, but it was difficult to get a clear shot of her inside the boat house. But we did mange to snap a few shots, which we recently shared with Graeme Beattie, her former owner.
Today’s header photo came in from fellow Woody Boater Chris Holmes, who is looking for help identifying the year and model of his grandparents old Chris-Craft? The vintage photo was also shot at Nisswa, MN.
From Chris Holmes – This is my grandparents John and Marylss Schaefer of Gull Lake in Nisswa, MN. Not sure of a year or what model Chris-Craft this actually is. Feel free to post on your Oldies section. Any help on the year and model would be great. – Thanks, Chris
More vintage photos from “Classic Minnesota” – Courtesy of Dane Anderson.
From fellow Woody Boater Dane Anderson in Minnesota – My Mom in the middle with her sister and niece visiting the Johnson’s (a private residence on Big Whitefish Bay) on Whitefish Lake, MN early 40s. Note the mail box on the dock, the Whitefish Chain of Lakes had mail service from the late 1930’s.
And to close out “Oldies Week” here on Woody Boater, we are always amazed by today’s technology and how we can bring a vintage photo (or vintage-ish photo) back to life on the old computer. (I think the word “vintage-ish” should be added to the Woody Boater dictionary – Texx)
An old vintage-ish photo of fellow Woody Boater Dane Anderson in his cool, all original 1954 Trojan Sea Queen on Bay Lake, Minnesota. (Circa August)
The same vintage-ish photo “cleaned up” with today’s technology.
Thanks to everyone who took the time to rummage through their stash of family photos or open the old shoe box in the closet to share their vintage photos with us during “Oldies Week” – It was great fun.
Matt & Texx